Flesh, Metal, and Rubber
"How long have these bothered you?" said the voice.
"Since I was a child."
"But how long have they bothered you?" the voice insisted.
"I just said-"
The voice interrupted him mid-sentence. It had done this nearly a half-dozen times. It was getting to be profoundly annoying. "How long?"
He furrowed his brow. Eventually, Alen spoke. "Twenty years." When there was a pause, he continued. "Twenty years and.. and I don't know how many days. Since I was a child. It came and went. Sometimes I was perfectly normal. Other times it was unbearable. But for several years now, it's been the same frustration and the same... empty sensations."
The voice was quiet for quite some time. He had the chance to sit back and exhale. This was far more stressful than it needed to be.
All of the different NuFaiths had their own peccadilloes and idiosyncratic elements. There were more tradi